My first wedding was an understated yet elegant affair to celebrate the love of Ted and Melanie. They were looking for a purely secular ceremony using traditional wedding language. They allowed me to select the reading – I chose a passage from Victor Hugo’s “Les Misérables:”
“Love partakes of the soul itself. It is of the same nature. Like the soul, it is a divine spark; it is incorruptible, indivisible, imperishable. It is a point of fire within us, which is immortal and infinite, which nothing can limit and nothing can extinguish. We feel it burning even in the marrow of our bones, and we see it radiate even to the depths of the sky.
O love! Adorations! Light of two minds that understand each other, of two hearts interchanged, of two glances that interpenetrate! You will come to me, won’t you, happiness? Walks together in the solitudes! Blessed and radiant days! Occasionally I have dreamed that from time to time hours detached themselves from the lives of the angels and came to pass through the destiny of men.”
I have to admit getting a bit choked up toward the end of the ceremony while wishing them well on behalf of their friends and family. Their love for each other is pure and radiant like a thousand suns, and it showed in every moment of their ceremony. It’s hard not to be moved by that kind of affection.
Ted and Melanie: I wish you many happy and prosperous years!